The Apollo’s Soundstage will serve as a gathering spot for conversation and reflection and a place to recharge with food, beverages, and performances that will surprise and delight. Enjoy this relaxing space to connect with fellow festival goers and experience music, movement, & storytelling in an intimate setting.
New Work and New Styles From Popular Poets & Writers
From the Nuyorican Poets Cafe to Def Poetry on Broadway, From Cave Canem to The New York Times bestselling list, Black Women poets stretch the cannon of Black literature beyond prose, verse, and across geographies. Enjoy the poetic storytelling of these veteran writers as they read from their debut books. Felice Belle reads from her long-awaited debut book of poetry, Viscera. Bassey Ikpi, reads from her New York Times bestselling novel I’m Telling the Truth but I’m Lying and a selection of works-in-progress.
Let’s Move Together!
Harlem-based dance company Sydnie L. Mosley Dances is known for its interactive, community engagement of African Diasporic dance techniques. SLMDances incites us to move in between sessions as a response to what is seen and heard [at] The Intersection.
Youth Poets & Writers
Experience the transformative power of the written and spoken word from Urban Word youth poets who are “equipped to harness their power as leaders at the intersection of the literary arts and civic engagement”. Youth poets share poems inspired by [at] The Intersection.
Afro-Caribbean Electronic Improvisation
Award-winning vocalists and musicians Mimi Jones, Val Jeanty, and Candice Hoyes, join together as Nite Bjuti, (inspired by Haitian folklore called “Night Beauty”) and give voice to the experiences of Black Women across generations. They join us [at] the Intersection blending electronics, vocalism, bass, Haitian drum rhythms, sampling, spoken word, community building and social justice at the heels of the release of their debut album, Nite Bjuti.
Acoustic Sounds and Storytelling
Award-winning composer/performer Justin Hicks and Tony-nominated actor/singer Kenita R. Miller, share stories at the intersection of parenthood, Black Broadway and their family singing group,